Monthly Letter for July 2017

Currently, the big news in football is that Christiano Ronaldo is considering leaving Real Madrid for the incredible price of… get ready… £200 MILLION! You’ve read that correctly. Ronaldo is a football icon and at this time in history he is arguably the best footballer in the world, but it is still a staggering amount of money to spend on someone who kicks a ball around a pitch.

Have you ever wondered how much you are worth? Scientists tell us that our bodies are made up of elements such as oxygen, carbon and hydrogen. The going rate for the chemicals in my body is £4.50! Of course we are a lot more than the sum of our parts. Analysts estimate the statistical value of a human life at anything from £470,000 to £4 million.

But really these figures are meaningless. None of them give us an accurate picture of the value of a human life. For that we need to look elsewhere—we need to look to our Creator.

What does God say about us? What price does God put on our lives?

Psalm 139 tells us we are individually planned and carefully created by God. We are truly precious to God. In fact every life is precious to God, no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, whatever bad choices we or others have made, God cherishes us.

If you think about it, a thing is worth only as much as someone is prepared to pay for it. However unique and incredible Ronaldo’s football skills are, he is only worth £200 million if Real Madrid can find a club willing to pay it.

How much was God prepared to pay for me? He was prepared to give all he had—the life of his Son, his only Son, his beloved Son.

God created us and breathed into us his life. Sadly, sin entered the world and corrupted us but that has not stopped God loving us and showing us how precious we are to him.

When God sent his Son, Jesus, to this earth it was to remind us that we still matter to him, and to assure us of his love. Jesus died to take away our sin and God confirmed Jesus’ Son-ship by raising him from the dead. Paul highlights the extent of God’s love for us: ‘Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’ (Romans 5:7-9).

We are reminded every day how carelessly we sometimes treat the lives of others. We can feel devalued by a cruel or thoughtless word or we come to believe that our worth is somehow related to our productivity or to the respect we receive from society. Don’t listen to these false measures of your significance—listen to God!

We all like to spend time with those who think we are special and precious. That is how God feels about you.

Our heavenly Father says we are intrinsically valuable. He loves us and believes in us. Does that make you see your past or your present circumstances in a different light? Does it make you crave the company of the Saviour who values you so much that he was prepared to give everything to save you?  God’s everything is a lot more than £200 million pounds!

Andrew

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